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 (plä′zə, plăz′ə)
1. A public square or similar open area in a town or city.
a. A widened roadway forming the approach to tollbooths on a highway.
b. A parking or service area next to a highway.
3. A shopping center.

[Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *plattea, from Latin platea, broad street; see place.]


(ˈplɑːzə; Spanish ˈplaθa)
1. (Human Geography) an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
2. (Commerce) chiefly
a. a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
b. (capital when part of a name): Rockefeller Plaza.
[C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place]


(ˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə)

n., pl. -zas.
1. a public square or open space in a city or town.
2. a complex of stores, banks, movie theaters, etc.; shopping center.
3. an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.
[1675–85; < Sp < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaza - a public square with room for pedestriansplaza - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
2.plaza - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisersplaza - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
food court - an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods


[ˈplɑːzə] N
1. (= public square) → plaza f
2. (US) (= motorway services) → zona f de servicios; (= toll) → peaje m


nPiazza f; (US: = shopping complex) → Einkaufszentrum or -center nt
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The forum, held between June 23rd and 26th, the Plaza Mayor Medellin Convention Centre, aims at exchanging ideas and best practices about innovation in governance and public administration to contribute to achieving the socio-economic and environmental development.
The old historic centre, called the City of Kings was founded in 1535 at Plaza Mayor and independence was declared here in 1821.
For anyone who has visited Madrid, the mention of Cibeles, the Calle de Alcala, the Plaza Mayor, and the Palacio Real re-create the authenticity of a city and its people.
The city's biggest and most famous square, Plaza Mayor, will be transformed into a Christmas Fair with more than 100 stalls (November 28-December 31, Monday-Thursday, 10am-10pm, Friday-Sunday until 11pm).
A sea of more than 40,000 alcohol-fuelled men and women packed into Plaza Mayor, many wearing swimming goggles to keep out the stinging juice.
On the last Wednesday of August each year, tens of thousands of revelers pack into the Plaza Mayor square in Bunol, just west of Valencia, with shirts off and goggles on, prepared for the stinging juice of the acidic fruit.
Strolling through the streets we passed through the Plaza Mayor with its semi-naked frescos and mouthwatering restaurants.
If you prefer eating out try the quaint tapas bars near the Plaza Mayor or the Plaza de la Opera.
Make sure you take time to just simply sit and watch the world go by from the tranquility of a pavement cafe in the Plaza Mayor, Madrid's most beautiful square.
The third exploded in a shopping centre under Palma's main square, the Plaza Mayor.
A third small bomb went off near Palma's central square, the Plaza Mayor, at 6pm Nobody was hurt in the attacks.
One bomb exploded in La Rigoleta restaurant on the Can Pere Antoni beachfront, in Palma, and the second in an underground passage at the central Plaza Mayor square, the government said.